Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Candidate Review - Illegal Immigration - John Edwards

Well let's take a gander at Edwards - his Immigration policy is on a page intended for Latino Americans.
Our immigration system needs a fundamental overhaul. Our economy is harmed by an underground economy that features a large and unprotected labor force. And our values are violated by a system that keeps families apart and forces people to live in the shadows, vulnerable to abuse. The first step is to control our borders and stop illegal trafficking. At the same time, it is unrealistic to think that we can deport more than 12 million people. Edwards believes we need to give people here the opportunity to pay a fine and learn English to earn American citizenship.

Edwards will end the backlog of background checks for people who are already in this country and are applying to become lawful permanent residents and, eventually, citizens. Our immigration policies should bring families together, not keep them apart. Edwards believes family reunification is an important value that should be preserved in our immigration laws.
Well not bad, but lacking on detail. I'm not sure exactly you resolve the conflict between the need to preserve families and the need to enforce the laws, and I'm not sure Edwards knows either.

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